Red Hook Recreation Area
Final Report Made Available Confirming That Soil Samples from Red Hook Recreation Area Show No Evidence of PCB ContaminationIMMEDIATE
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today announced that the final report from TRC Engineers is available and posted on the Parks website, affirming that tests on soil samples from Brooklyn’s Red Hook Recreation Area show no evidence of contamination with PCBs.
Soil samples were collected by TRC Engineers, an environmental consultant with experience in PCBs, and sent to an NYS Environmental Laboratory Approval Program certified laboratory. PCBs were not detected in any of the samples.
The City ordered the tests after learning that state officials had identified contaminated soil on a nearby site once occupied by the Chemtura chemical company. To address potential safety concerns, on May 13, soil samples were collected and tested from 18 areas in the soccer fields closest to the Chemtura site.
DOHMH has not recommended any restrictions on public access to the park.
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Know Before You Go
NYC Parks is committed to making sure all parks are safe and healthy environments. Parks is continuing to work with EPA as they test the Redhook Ballfields for contamination. In the interim, we expect softball/baseball fields 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be closed until a clean-up plan is completed, and soccer fields 1, 2, 6 and 9 will be tested further.
Red Hook Recreation Center remains closed to the public until further notice. Some recreation centers are being used for COVID-19 testing and vaccination services, the Learning Bridges program, and critical seasonal training. Please visit our Recreation Centers page to find an alternate recreation center.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2020
We're reconstructing the running track and converting soccer fields 3-5 and ballfields 1-4 from natural turf to synthetic turf. Starting July 6, 2021, this site, including the track, will be closed to the public for the duration of construction (approximately through spring 2023). Please visit our Capital Project Tracker to learn more about this project.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2023
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